Camilla, Alice, Marla’O and Phoenix have been riding the wave of rock’n’roll since 1998, and people often refer to them as “the queens of Italian female garage-punk”. Touring Italy in their 1985 Volkswagen van they opened for bands like Morlocks, Pretty Things, The Pandoras, Lords of Altamont, Fuzztones, and Real McKenzies, also rockin many festivals like Festival Beat, Rebellion Festival (UK), BusOne, etc…
Their newest album “CleoPower!” was released in April 2017 for Ammonia Records. More mature than their previous works in terms of sound and contents, this album ranges from classic garage punk to surf, with a hint of 90s alternative rock. The ironic and light-hearted spirit of the previous records make now way to provocative lyrics that focus on situations where women are victims of stereotypes and cliché.
The video of “Forty” was released on November 25th 2017, and was realized with the contribution of female fans and friends. It invites women to subvert gender stereotypes and take back control of their own lives. For Italy’s political elections in 2018 the Cleopatras made the video of the track “Vote for me”.
2018 is an important year for the band, with many news. First of all, their 20th birthday! Celebrations include a tour in Japan in March.
It’s also a year of line-up change, with historical member Rossana leaving the band and singer Darleen remaining on board for studio projects, and with the introduction of Phoenix on main vocals and keyboards!
The sound of the Cleopatras is mostly influenced by garage, surf, power-pop and ‘77 punk: Ramones, The Cramps, The Trashwomen, The Sonics, New York Dolls, Link Wray ecc, not to mention all the female bands from the 50-60s.
A fresh, cheeky and ironic mixture of 60s garage, punk rock and rock’n’roll, Rough&Girlie style.
Taking a step back in time, to the Cleopatras early recordings, we find two 7”: “The Cleopatras” (2000) and “Let’s run with…” (2001), after which they went on a hiatus to return in 2008 with a new line-up. The EP “Dame tu amor” and the album “Things get better” (Area Pirata Records, 2010) date back to that time.
In 2012 they appeared in “Le ragazze del rock”, a book by Jessica Dainese dedicated to the female rock scene in Italy.
In 2014 their second full-length work “La maledizione del Faraone” was released on CD for the Italian Ammonia Records and on cassette for the californian label Wiener Records, with the singles “Apple Pie” and “Pazzo” as the band’s official videos.
In August 2015 they played at “Rebellion Festival” in Blackpool UK, and in September they performed live for the fashion show of the stylist Antonio Marras, during the Milan Fashion Week.
2016 was an intensive year of touring with gigs all around Italy and Europe (including Greece for a tribute show for Lux Interior, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands).